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General Electric To Close N.Y. Plant

November 22, 2013 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric Co. says it will close a northern New York electrical capacitor plant that employs about 200 workers.The Fairfield, Conn.-based company announced Thursday that it will follow through on plans announced in September to close its Fort Edward plant and move operations to an existing manufacturing site in Clearwater, Fla.

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Ford's Hinrichs Sees Slower Growth In Auto Sales

November 22, 2013 1:47 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

Joe Hinrichs was named Ford Motor Co.'s president of the Americas one year ago, after a three-year stint as head of Ford's Asian operations. Here's what Hinrichs told The Associated Press on the sidelines of the Los Angeles Auto Show this week:

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U.S. Job Openings, Overall Hiring Reach 5-Year Highs

November 22, 2013 1:39 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Job postings rose 69,000 to a seasonally adjusted 3.9 million, the Labor Department said Friday. That's the most since March 2008, just a few months after the Great Recession began. It's also close to the roughly 4 million job openings each month that are consistent with healthier job markets.

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Clemson Dedicates $110 Million Energy Center

November 22, 2013 1:35 pm | by Bruce Smith, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new $110 million energy research center dedicated by Clemson University will not only help develop a new generation of wind energy but will strengthen the grid by which electric power is distributed, U.S. energy and university officials said.     

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Climate Talks Near End Without Clarity On Targets

November 22, 2013 1:24 pm | by Karl Ritter, Associated Press | News | Comments

A draft text presented Friday, the last scheduled day of the two-week conference in Warsaw, gave only vague direction on when countries should present their targets for restricting carbon emissions. That's a key element of the deal that's supposed to be adopted in Paris in 2015.

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Oil Pipeline Blasts In Eastern China Kill 35

November 22, 2013 1:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The leaked oil triggered two huge blasts, one of them tearing up concrete along a city road in Qingdao. Photos posted online showed ripped slabs of pavement, bodies, overturned vehicles and shattered windows in nearby buildings. Black smoke rose above gigantic fuel silos and darkened much of the sky.

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Network Of Electric Car Chargers Stalled In Calif.

November 22, 2013 1:17 pm | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

More places to "refuel" would diminish worries of getting stranded with a dead battery, and widespread adoption of the cars would help the state meet ambitious air quality goals. Instead of Californians plugging in, however, progress has been plugged up: 110 of the 1,040 stations that NRG committed to installing by early December are ready.

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Apple's Wild Future Headquarters

November 22, 2013 1:09 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Perhaps one of the last major ideas to come from Steve Jobs, Apple's future headquarters will be a sweeping reinvention of corporate office space.                             

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Jury Awards $39M In Fatal Wis. Garage Panel Fall

November 22, 2013 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A jury Thursday found manufacturer Advance Cast Stone mainly responsible for the collapse of a Milwaukee parking garage panel that killed a teenager and injured two others in 2010.                    

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Honda's Accord Line Wins 'Green Car' Of Year Award

November 22, 2013 10:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda's line of Accords won the 2014 "Green Car of the Year" award from an auto industry magazine Thursday at the Los Angeles Auto Show. In recent years, Green Car Journal honored cars whose selling points were emerging technologies including natural gas, electric and clean diesel.

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New Calif. Chemical Flame Retardant Rules Adopted

November 22, 2013 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

California on Thursday adopted new flammability standards for furniture and other products that would allow manufacturers to stop using chemical flame retardants.  Gov. Jerry Brown said the new standards were a badly needed update to nearly 40-year-old rules.

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Ford Motor To Upgrade Buffalo-Area Plant, Add Jobs

November 22, 2013 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. says it will spend $150 million to upgrade its Buffalo-are plant and add 350 jobs, which would push employment to just under 1,000.  The automaker has a stamping plant in the suburb of Hamburg, where pieces of metal called blanks are stamped into hoods, floor panels and other car parts.

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3 Agree To Plead Guilty In Parts Price Fixing

November 22, 2013 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Three executives in Japan's automotive parts industry have agreed to plead guilty to a price-fixing conspiracy and two more have been indicted in the U.S. investigation, the government said Thursday. The plea agreements filed in Detroit and the indictment filed in Toledo were announced Thursday by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Jury Orders Samsung To Pay Apple $290M

November 22, 2013 9:48 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

A jury has added $290 million more to the damages Samsung Electronics owes Apple for copying vital iPhone and iPad features, bringing the total amount the South Korean technology titan is on the hook for to $930 million.         

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Why Low Voltage Lighting Is Growing In Popularity Within The Industrial Sector

November 22, 2013 9:39 am | by Robert Bresnahan, Larson Electronics Magnalight | Articles | Comments

Low voltage lighting has gained popularity over the last several years due in large part to the generally safer operation it presents. In many cases, low voltage lighting is indicated for use in specific locations according to OSHA regulations and NEC recommendations. 

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Reflecting On Reflectivity: Beauty Is More Than Skin Deep

November 22, 2013 9:26 am | by Richard Catley, The Garland Company and Joseph W. Mellott, Roof Consultant Institute | Articles | Comments

Coatings can play a role in reducing energy loads, especially peak energy loads in many buildings, but they also offer benefits in terms of service life extension, fire retardancy, reducing the heat-history of the underlying membrane and insulation, improve traffic resistance, increase friction for safety, preserve impact resistance, help shed water or even be part of a waterproofing system.

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High-Accuracy Torque Testers

November 22, 2013 8:51 am | by Mark-10 Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Mark-10 Corporation has announced its Series TT02 torque tool testers for the accurate and reliable verification of applied torque values derived from torque screwdrivers, wrenches, and other small hand tools used on the factory floor and in other production environments.

WIDIA Drills, Mills, And Taps

November 22, 2013 8:33 am | by WIDIA | Product Releases | Comments

While WIDIA's VariMill™, VariDrill™, and VariTap™ deliver convenience and results for the customer, the concept behind the Vari portfolio was conceived with the WIDIA™ distributor in mind. 

Motorola Releases Computer Sled

November 22, 2013 8:09 am | by Motorola Solutions, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Motorola Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of mission-critical communication solutions and services for enterprise and government customers, announced the RFD5500 UHF RFID sled that can instantly turn the MC55N0, MC55A0, MC65 and MC67 mobile computers into handheld RFID readers that deliver fast read rates and improved productivity for warehouses and field applications. 

Greenlee Utility Launches The Gator Pack

November 22, 2013 8:02 am | by Greenlee Utility | Product Releases | Comments

The Gator Pack features 13 square feet or 0.37 square meters of storage, divided between three internal pockets and three external compartments. Additional space is available to securely transport a Greenlee EHP700L Battery-Powered Hydraulic Pump.

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